If you were tuned in to the Toronto Raptors playoff opener against the Brooklyn Nets this past Saturday, you noticed that the shoot clocks in the Air Canada Centre failed to work in the middle of the third quarter. The arena has taken some heat for the malfunction and promised to have it worked out before Game 2.
Apparently, according to a report from USA Today, the Air Canada Centre wasn’t to blame for the shot clock mishap. ESPN was the culprit:
ESPN caused the shot clocks to malfunction during Game 1 Saturday between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre when it tried to solve an internal issue by plugging into the same power source for the shot clocks, causing the power source to fry, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
A unnamed Raptors official confirmed the report via the Canadian Press Monday:
The day after the Raptors were mocked for the debacle, a Raptors official confirmed that an ESPN technician plugged into the same power source for the shot clocks, frying the power system.
“Let’s just put it this way, they’re not the worldwide leader in electricians,” the Raptors official joked.
Game 2 of the series is Tuesday. Hopefully ESPN and Air Canada Centre don’t get their wires crossed and we avoid a repeat of Game 1’s mishap.
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